Researcher

Dr Gemma Carey

My Expertise

Public administration and management

Public health (health equity and the social determinants of health)

Joined-up government and cross-sectoral collaboration

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Associate Professor Gemma Carey is the Research Director of the Centre for Social Impact UNSW and an NHMRC Fellow. She holds a PhD in social policy and population health from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Adelaide.

Gemma undertakes primary research in governance and policy implementation. Drawing on this work, she also contributes to emerging debates in public health regarding the social...view more

Associate Professor Gemma Carey is the Research Director of the Centre for Social Impact UNSW and an NHMRC Fellow. She holds a PhD in social policy and population health from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Adelaide.

Gemma undertakes primary research in governance and policy implementation. Drawing on this work, she also contributes to emerging debates in public health regarding the social determinants of health. Much of her research investigates the processes of ‘joining up’ within government and between government and non-government organisations. Her current research is concerned with the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Gemma has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles on different aspects of public administration and public health. Her books include: ‘Grassroots to Government: Joining-up in Australia’ (Melbourne University Press), ‘Designing and Implementing Public Policy: Cross-sectoral Debates’ (Routledge), and ‘Managing and leading in interagency settings. Better Partnerships Working Book Series’ (Policy Press, with Helen Dickinson).

In addition to her academic research, she runs a highly regarded policy forum – the Power to Persuade (PTP). PTP is an annual symposium and blog which helps to build relationships between policymakers, academics and the community sector. Running since 2011, PTP is sponsored by government, universities and a range of NGOs and peak bodies (www.powertopersuade.org.au)

Awards:

  • Emerald Publishing Literati Award (Highly Commended Paper) (2018)
  • ACT Tall Poppy Scientist Award (2016)
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (2015)
  • Aileen Plant Medal for Contributions to Population Health (given out once every four years by the Public Health Association of Australia, Health Promotion Association of Australia, Australian Epidemiology Association and Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine) (2015),
  • Sidney Myer Trust Scholar (2009),
  • NHMRC Dora Lush Priority Scholar (2009).
     

Service

  • Editorial board of Australian Journal of Public Administration and the International Journal for Integrated Care. 
  • ANZSOG Ethics Committee Member

 

Current grants 

  • Carey, G & Malbon, E. Marjolin, A. (2018). Thin market interventions for personalised care. ANZSOG.  Carey, G., Dickinson, H., Alexander, D., Kavanagh, A., Gilchrist D., Chand S. Stewarding thin markets: improving public service market effectiveness and equity. ARC Linkage Grant

  • Dickinson, H., Carey, G. & Carey, N. Smith, C. Robots and the delivery of care services: What is the role for government in stewarding disruptive innovations? ANZSOG 

  • Barraket, J., Famer, J. Carey, G., Joyce, A & Mason, C (2017). Improving Health Equity of Young People? The role of social enterprise. ARC Linkage. 

  • Kavanagh, A., Llewellyn, G., Emerson, E., Petrie, D, Dickinson, H., Badland, H., Carey, G., Butterworth, P., Einfield, S & Stancliffe, R. Centre for Research Excellence NHMRC in Disability and Health.  (2016-2022) $2 500 000 

  • Carey, G., Malbon, E, Dickinson, H., Mallet, S. & Alexander, D, Kavanagh, A. (2016-2018). Collaborative governance under the National Disability Insurance Scheme: A social network approach to mapping and analysing emerging innovation. ANZSOG 

  • Nevil, A., Carey, G., Kay, A. & Braithwaite, V .(2016-2017). Building capacity and performance through risk responsive regulation. ACT Government  

  • Strazdins, L., Banwell, C., Carey, G Butterworth, P. (2016-2019).  Working longer, staying healthy. ARC Linkage 

  • Carey, G. (2016-2019). Implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme. National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship 

  • Carey, G., Corr, L & Strazdins. (2015-2016). Implications of labour market trends on health behaviours and outcomes. ANSZOG Evidence Review 

  •  Buick, F. & Carey (2016) Structural change in the public sectors: lessons from international experiences. UNSW Special Research Grant

 

Engagement

 

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Research Activities

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides cover for Australians with a severe disability, and represents a transition to a new model and market for service delivery that will substantially change the nature, focus, and funding of disability support service delivery. The NDIS has been described as a once in a generation reform, highlighting the scale and complexity of the reform. As a result, it offers significant opportunities for learning with regard to policy implementation and public sector management.

In the decades since Australia last implemented a reform of…